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Teaching English in Argentina 101

Argentina has always been one of the largest job markets for teaching English in South America.  English teachers in Argentina typically find work February through March and again in July and August. English teachers are expected to interview in person, and they are also responsible for airfare and housing costs. Many teachers share accommodations with their coworkers, other expats or locals to share costs.

Though wages are not high, English teachers can afford a comfortable lifestyle in Argentina based on the relatively low cost of living. English language schools typically offer approximately 20 to 25 hours of work per week, leaving plenty of time to travel, and explore all that Argentina has to offer.  Many English teachers in Argentina also teach English online and/or take on private students to make extra money for travel. 

Please note that while a Bachelor's degree is not required to secure a job in this country, it still can be strongly preferred by employers.  If you do not have a degree, you should be prepared for a more competitive job search. 

Please also note that it is not common to obtain a work visa in Argentina.  English teachers typically work under the table on a tourist visa.  It is common practice, but it is technically not a legal work visa.  Should you choose to work under the table it is your responsibility to be informed of the potential consequences of working on a tourist visa. 

TEFL certification is typically required to teach English in Argentina. Most available English teaching positions are in the major cities of Buenos Aires, Rosario, Mendoza, Cordoba, Tucuman, Bariloche, and Mar del Plata. 

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